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Guest Blogger:  Sandra Chen!

(Sandra is one of the best assistants I could have ever asked to have on this blog journey and I was thrilled to share this experience with her…HD)

Hi guys! So happy to be featured in this guest blog by Heather, it’s amazing and such a pleasure! I’m going to be telling you all about my amazing experience doing the DWTS We Came To Dance Tour VIP. First of all, I have to thank Heather again for this opportunity to meet my favorite dancers and watch an incredible show up so close. It was the best time of my life, and I loved every second of it. Forever grateful for that experience and to have met the wonderful person that’s Heather.

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin! I was so nervous all morning because I never done this before and meeting 4 of them all at once was just so nerve-wracking! When we had checked in, I got more excited than nervous though especially after receiving my cute tote bag and the gifts in it. Also getting that VIP lanyard just made me so happy, I still keep it in my room where I can see it every day to remind me of the best day ever. So my meet and greet was with Sharna, Val, Artem, and Laurie! I was glad that Heather went before me because she was so sweet to let them know I was coming in next and that it was my first time doing m&g! Laurie peaked to see who was next and saw me, and gave me such a big hug, she’s adorable. Heather was still in there talking to the others, but I was on the side chatting with Laurie! I got to tell her about my gift and she thanked me for that, and also remembered meeting me from the GMA cast reveal. I know m&g is super fast, so I’m glad I got to have a little conversation with Laurie before the pictures. I went down the line hugging everyone, and wow they give the biggest and best hugs. I was so speechless so I just kept saying thank you and it was nice seeing them. Then I requested to get the picture of Sharna and I hugging, and she was so sweet about it and said of course. Laurie & Val ended up hugging each other, and I wish Artem joined me & Sharna but I didn’t want to take up too much time and totally got nervous to tell him to join. They were all so humble and kind, I really appreciated it and definitely loved how my pics turned out! I also thought I had to go around to exit but Artem led me out through the curtains and held it for me, such a gentleman. That part of VIP was amazing, I couldn’t stop smiling!

Afterwards, it was time for the mingle with Hayley & Lindsay! So glad they added this to the VIPs because it gives you so much time to be able to really chat with them and take individual pictures. I was beyond happy that Hayley was in my mingle because I really wanted her there. I got to talk to her multiple times and take pics with her, and sometimes we’d just go back if nobody was talking to her. One of my favorite moments talking to Hayley was telling her about me and Erica’s name in the jive she does, and her laugh is the cutest thing. She really made this VIP experience so special. Lindsay was super sweet to meet again, and when she was leaving she even helped give my gift to Laurie. I loved how interactive they were with fans! Both the m&g and mingle was absolutely perfect, even better than I expected. Moments I’ll treasure forever!

 

We got to sit in the second row right in the middle, and I had such a perfect view. It was unbelievable how close I was, and the whole show there was so much contact made between me and the dancers. You can also hear things they say when you’re so close up, and it was just wonderful. The show was absolutely perfect, everything to the costumes, dances, voiceovers, made this show incredible and really made me connect with them more. My first VIP experience was just indescribable and made me so happy, I smile just thinking about it. Thank you once again to Heather, the whole cast, and friends who experienced this with me. If you can, definitely get VIP or just general tickets to the show because wherever you sit, it’ll be an amazing time for you. January 21st, 2017 is a day I’ll remember always! XO -Sandra

 

Questions/Answers: 

1.) What was your favorite dance and why?

This is a hard one because every single dance was amazing to me and special in their own way. I have to say Hayley & Val’s contemporary piece was just stunning, made me absolutely speechless and the emotions put into this piece really touched me. Jenna & Artem’s contemporary was also so beautiful, I really enjoyed watching that and even teared up a little. A favorite group dance of mine was definitely the choreography piece because of the amazing voiceovers they did which really connects to the passion/love they show on stage when they dance.

2.) What was your favorite part of your first VIP experience?

The mingle for me was definitely a highlight of my experience, it was just so nice to have time to be able to talk to them, thank them, laugh, and take pictures! 

3.) What if anything surprised you about the VIP experience?

More unexpected than surprised, but I didn’t think the whole m&g/mingle was going to be as long as it did. I thought both would be very quick and you’d be done, but it wasn’t and that made me really happy. Also I knew we were in second row, but did not expect to be SO close to stage… it was amazing! 

XO

Sandra

 

 

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DWTS We Came to Dance 2016-17

Dancing With the Stars

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We Came to Dance Winter 2016-17

This was my 4th Dancing with the Stars tour (#DWTSTOUR) and hands down the BEST one to date! The stage set up with fantastic, great music/dance selection and the cast was filled with not only great talent but, the kindest people.

I am attending 5 shows on this tour and have one more to go in Costa Mesa on the last night of the tour and did VIP for each.  If you want to learn about their amazing VIP experience check out this link:  http://lightscmemories.com/vip/dwts-vip-came-dance-tour-2016-17/ and I have also kept track of the cast photos and mingles as I know many of my followers like to guess who will be in their VIP:  http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dwts-tour-cast-meet-greet/

Cast: Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Laurie Hernandez, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson and Hayley Erbert!

This year’s tour really focused on each dancer’s story and it was so beautifully put together.  You would find yourself laughing, in tears, with goosebumps and just sitting on the edge of your seat.  To highlight just a sample:  Val and Laurie perform a few of their favorite dances from the season, there is a section on favorite movie dances that is just fun and stunning at the same time, special dances for just the men and just the women and a lovely moment as Emma shares the story of her engagement. The girls and Artem perform a fun Spice Girls number that will really take you back.  I loved the opening & closing numbers and the piece they all participate in on how they put together the dances each week.  There is also a section after intermission that will leave you in stitches it is so hilarious.  Jenna Johnson performs a really amazing number to Seduces Me that is just breathtaking.  Sharna & Val perform a high energy jive that just totally rocks and Sharna performs a steamy tango with Alan that I just loved!  Alan and the ladies perform a special number that will leave every man in the room jealous of him.  Artem and Gleb heat up the stage in their respective pieces that tell their stories.  Lindsay hits all the right notes in her dances too including the one she dedicates to her Dad…Crazy Train.  Keo also has some moving pieces to his life story and a rumba with Emma.   Jenna and Artem perform a special piece from La La Land that is visually and emotionally stunning.  The contemporary numbers that Jenna & Artem and Hayley and Val do are so beautiful and passionate.  The number that makes me cry and I get goosebumps every night is Sharna’s story.  I don’t want to spoil it for those that have not yet seen it but, it’s a story some can really relate to and will pull at your heart strings for sure.   This was just a quick highlight of my thoughts.  All of the performances are just amazing!

Every style of dance was perfectly portrayed, you could feel the raw emotion and energy and each performance flew by because it was just that good.  This year’s tour was very fast paced which I loved it seemed to be shorter numbers but, with a lot more content packed in which I absolutely loved.

You will absolutely walk out of the theater feeling like you have truly gotten to know the Pro’s.  They open their hearts and souls to us in this tour.  So often on DWTS it’s always focused on the celebrity. It was so special to learn all of their stories and see how it shaped their joy not only in dance but, in life.

The dancers gave it their all every single night of the performances and I cannot say enough what a privilege it was to meet them at the meet and greets, but to sit in the audience and watch their talent and brilliance come to life.

For even more photos please visit my Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages @lightscmemories!

Also thank you and shout out to VIP Host Anthony Jones for continuing to be our rock star, taking truly memorable pictures, always being very organized and truly being invested in the fan experience!

Until next time,

Xoxoxo

Heather

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DWTS Tour Cast Meet & Greet Updated List

I know a lot of people are trying to figure out the Cast Meet & Greet Schedule.  I will update this after each show so maybe it will help get an idea:-)

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1: Reno, NV:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem  (Meet & Mingle:  ??)

2:  San Jose:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb  (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Keo)

3:  Redding:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Hayley (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Lindsay)

4:  Eugene:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Emma:  (Meet & Mingle:  ??)

5:  Portland:  Val, Laurie, Lindsay & Hayley (Meet & Mingle:  Sharna & Gleb)

6:  Seattle:     Val, Laurie, Sharna & Keo (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

7.  Ft Meyers:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Alan)

8.  Orlando:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Emma & Keo)

9.   Hollywood, FL:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb  (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Alan)

10 & 11.  Clearwater, FL:  Mat/Evening: Val, Laurie, Sharna & Keo  (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Emma)

12.  Atlanta:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem  (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

13.  Richmond:  Emma, Sharna, Keo & Laurie (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Hayley)

14.  Lancaster Night 1:    Keo, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle: ??)

15.  Lanchaster Night 2:  Val, Laurie, Emma & Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

16.  Niagara Falls:  Val, Laurie, Gleb & Emma  (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

17 & 18:  Casino Rama Mat/Evening:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem   (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Lindsay)

19.  Pittsburgh:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Keo  (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Emma)

20.  Poughkeepsie, NY:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb   (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Hayley)

21.  Upper Darby, PA: Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Jenna)

22.  Verona:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Emma (Meet & Mingle:  Keo & Lindsay)

23 & 24.  Bethlehem, PA (2 shows):  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

25.  Baltimore: Val, Sharna, Laurie & Emma  (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Lindsay)

26.  New York City:  Val, Sharna, Laurie & Keo  (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

27.  Bangor, ME:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem    (Meet & Mingle:  Emma & Jenna)

28.  Boston:  Val, Laurie, Emma & Hayley   (Meet & Mingle:  Gleb & Lindsay)

29:  Mohegan Sun Night 1:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Alan)

30.  Mohegan Sun Night 2:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Hayley & Lindsay)

31.  Red Bank  Night 1: Val, Laurie, Sharna & keo   (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Emma)

32.  Red Bank Night 2:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Alan)

33.  Cleveland:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem  (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Hayley)

34.  Windsor Early & Late Show:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Emma (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Alan)

35.  Chicago Early & Late Shows:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb  (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Keo)

36.  Indianapolis, IN:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem    (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

37.  Cincinnati, OH:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Emma (Meet & Mingle:  Keo & Alan)

38.  Columbus, OH:  Laurie, Sharna & Alan (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Lindsay)

39.  Richmond, KY:  Laurie, Val, Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay and Emma)

40.  Birmingham:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Alan (Meet & Mingle:  Emma & Lindsay)

41/42.  New Orleans (Both shows):  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Keo & Jenna)

43:  Sugarland, TX:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Artem (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

44.  Austin: Keo, Laurie, Sharna & Emma (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Hayley)

45.  Grand Prairie, TX:  Val, Laurie, Artem & Sharna (Meet & Mingle:  Alan & Hayley)

46.  El Paso, TX: Val, Laurie, Sharna & Keo  (Meet & Mingle:  Emma)

47.  Phoenix Early Show: Val, Laurie, Gleb & Sharna   (Meet & Mingle:  Hayley & Jenna)

Phoenix evening:  Val, Laurie, Gleb & Sharna (Meet & Mingle:  Lindsay & Keo)

48.  Thousand Oaks:  Val, Laurie, Artem & Emma

49.  Riverside (Early/Late):  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb (Meet & Mingle:  Jenna & Hayley)

50,.  Costa Mesa:  Val, Laurie, Sharna & Lindsay (Meet & Mingle:  Keo & Hayley)

 

VIP Experience Blog

DWTS VIP We Came To Dance Tour 2016-17

DWTS VIP We Came To Dance Tour 2016-17

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I’ve had the pleasure of being a VIP for the last four Dancing with the Stars tours. From the first tour I participated in the VIP to this year’s tour I must say: It’s like night and day!  They have improved them tremendously every year!  So let’s talk about the details of the VIP!

Pre-Show: For my 1st show in San Jose I had the Front Row Meet & Mingle VIP Package.  We received our pre-show email about 3-5 days ahead from VIP Nation.  For our show we had to arrive between 5-6 pm (Note this varies city to city so ALWAYS review your itinerary).  There is no reason to line up an hour early or anything.  They have a very organized process to get everyone in.  The email also contains where the VIP check in table is, the link to where to find your photos and password.

We Came to DanceVIP Shout Out!  I was thrilled to see that we have one of VIP Nation’s best hosts Anthony Jones for this tour!  He also did the Maks & Val Tour this summer.  He is not only a really nice guy, he gets it and works to post pictures as quick as he can (remember we all have to be patient), he checks the photos after he takes them and truly cares about the customers.  High-five Anthony when you see him in your city because he really is a rock star for the fan experiences!

Entering VIP:   We arrived about 15 min before check in and just waited outside the doors.  Right on time the doors were opened, they did the usual security checks at the door and then you went to the sign in table.  It took maybe 5 minutes to get checked in.  For this venue we didn’t know what seats we would be in until we picked up our envelope.  I was thrilled with the seats we had!  They are distributed in the order you purchase the tickets.  We also picked up our 1 drink ticket, the tote bag for this package included an umbrella, blanket, signed tour program (Note it’s different for each pkg).  When you check in you are given a laminate with a letter on the back and that is the order they call you for your pictures so there is not one giant line and everyone can enjoy the party until it’s their turn.  One other detail note that was different than past tours but, I am not sure if this was venue related or how it will be on the entire tour but, they took ALL gifts as you were checking in.  They said it’s because they had to check them before giving them to the dancers.  I understand both sides if it’s for dancer security by all means but, there were a lot of disappointed people so just expect that going in so you are not bummed out.

Now on to the good stuff!  After check in we were directed upstairs.  For this venue the layout was a bit odd compared to other venues I have been to but, they have to work with the space the building offers.  We didn’t wait very long at all when they started telling Group A to line up.  A few minutes later we saw Keo and Alan coming our way, it was their turn to do the Meet & Mingle!  It appears that it’s all rotating like last tour (2 in the Meet & Mingle and 4 in the photos with Val & Laurie being consistent ).   To give you an idea for our cast photo we had Val, Laurie, Sharna & Gleb.  I will update this after each show to give you all an idea:

DWTS Tour Cast Meet & Greet

The photos were wonderful as always, it was my first time meeting Laurie & Gleb and it was so fantastic to see Val & Sharna.  Anthony takes great care in taking the photos for us.  The staff is also very kind, nobody is yelling at you it’s a pleasant experience.  You do have to leave your purse, bags and anything else on you at the table and you cannot ask for autographs etc. at the cast photo portion.   This year too it was one professional photo taken by Anthony, no selfie options in the main photo.  You could however do selfies with the dancers in the Meet & Mingle.  The green screen operator for this city wasn’t the best at taking the shots and they were having issues with the Wi-Fi not being fast enough so the green screen pictures were very hit or miss on if you got them in your email.  However, Anthony with VIP Nation being the rock star host that he is, is already on it for us!  I noticed today in the photos link there is one for the Meet & Greet pictures and then one for the Photo booth.  That was smart thinking to just upload them all vs having issues city to city with Wi-Fi.  After the photos were done and the dancers all left to get ready for the show you could go to the merchandise stand and do some crowd free shopping which was also nice.

Please note on the pics:  the itinerary says up within to 2 weeks.  I know it’s super hard to be patient but, I know Anthony will post as quickly as he can.  He is one of the best in speed to get them posted.

 

 

 

 

Show time!  I am going to do a separate blog on the actual show after my next one in January.   I also do not want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen it yet.  I will say this for now.  It is AMAZING and you should be very excited and counting down the days until you go!  It’s the best tour they have done to date.  It’s formatted a bit like the Maks & Val Tour whereas it tells a story in many segments which I loved.  It allows you to get to know the dancers better by hearing their individual stories.  It’s also very fast paced but, I loved the pace of the show this time.  You were on the edge of your seats the entire show wondering what was going to happen next.  The other difference from the past tour is there was no audience engagement like the kick off of the last tour and they don’t bring anyone on stage.

You will get to see a few of the best dances of our Mirrorball Champions Val & Laurie and a few other truly amazing performances by the cast from this season.  However, my lips are sealed on more details for now so you can be surprised and enjoy the shows in your city.

Bravo & Thank you:  VIP Nation you always put together fantastic unique experiences and it doesn’t go unnoticed! Thank you again for putting Anthony on this tour!  Mandy Moore, Supervising Choreographer Amy Tinkham, Creative Director and Guy Phillips, Executive Producer truly put together an amazing show that I think every fan should be sure they have a ticket for! The creative genius is obvious at every moment in the show.  The vision and layout for this tour is truly worth 10 Stars!  The crew and all the other behind the scenes individuals also deserve a shout out!  The Dancers (Val, Laurie, Sharna, Gleb, Artem, Lindsay, Keo,  Emma, Jenna, Hayley & Alan all truly leave it on the floor each night.  It’s emotional, it’s passionate, it’s raw, it’s FUN, it’s full of energy and I am so excited I will get to see this tour multiple times and have a new take away each night!

 

If you don’t have a ticket…Buy one today and if you are able to do VIP it’s worth the investment for this experience they have many different levels and price points too!  Here’s the link for tickets/VIP package! http://www.dwtstour.com/#tour

Want to see more photos?  For many more pictures from the tour, past tours please follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook @lightscmemories!  If you have any questions that I can help with please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Until next time,

XOXO

Heather

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Dancing With the Stars We Came to Dance Tour 2016-17

Pre-Tour Blog

#dwtstour

I wanted to share some pre-tour info with you all.  On December 16 the tour will kick off in Reno, NV and travel around the country to 40+ cities!

If you don’t have your tickets yet please go to:  http://www.dwtstour.com/

If you would like to hear what past tours are like or VIP check out these articles!

http://lightscmemories.com/vip/dancing-stars-vip/

http://lightscmemories.com/entertainment-blog/dancing-stars-dance-night-tour/

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Here is a photo with the fantastic cast!

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If you have never done VIP absolutely buy a package if you are able to.  The cast is truly kind and this is a unique opportunity to not only see an amazing performance but, get a photo with select members of the cast and meet & mingle with others at the party.  Last tour Val & Alek were in all photos and then the rest rotated every other show and then the troupe rotated and two were at each meet and mingle party.  Not sure yet if it will be the same this tour.

Dancing With the Stars Dance All Night Tour 2015-2016It sounds like this tour will be even more incredible than the last so definitely don’t miss out!

 

 

 

 

 

The VIP Packages include:

***FRONT ROW ULTIMATE VIP MEET & MINGLE PACKAGE***  

Approximately:  $599 (varies by location)

– One reserved ticket in the front row
– Meet & Greet and individual Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast INCLUDING SEASON 23 MIRRORBALL CHAMPION AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST LAURIE HERNANDEZ
– Access to pre-show DWTS Lounge for an exclusive Meet & Mingle party, including:
—- Green screen photo booth to capture additional photos of yourself at the VIP party
—- One (1) drink ticket for the pre-show lounge (beer, wine, soft drinks, water)
—- Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
– VIP Meet & Greet laminate
– Exclusive Autographed Tour Program
– Exclusive DWTS gift item
– Crowd-free merchandise shopping
– On-site VIP host

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***PREMIUM VIP MEET & MINGLE PACKAGE***

Approximately:  $399 (varies by location)

– One reserved ticket in rows 2 through 4
– Meet & Greet and individual Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast INCLUDING SEASON 23 MIRRORBALL CHAMPION AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST LAURIE HERNANDEZ
– Access to pre-show DWTS Lounge for an exclusive Meet & Mingle party, including:
—- Green screen photo booth to capture additional photos of yourself at the VIP party
—- One (1) drink ticket for the pre-show lounge (beer, wine, soft drinks, water)
—- Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
– VIP Meet & Greet laminate
– Exclusive DWTS gift item
– Crowd-free merchandise shopping
– On-site VIP host
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***VIP MEET & MINGLE PACKAGE***

Approximately:  $299 (varies by location)

– One reserved ticket in rows 5 through 15 (up to row 20 in certain markets)
– Meet & Greet and individual Professional Photo Op with select cast members of the DWTS touring cast INCLUDING SEASON 23 MIRRORBALL CHAMPION AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST LAURIE HERNANDEZ
– Access to pre-show DWTS Lounge for an exclusive Meet & Mingle party, including:
—- Green screen photo booth to capture additional photos of yourself at the VIP party
—- One (1) drink ticket for the pre-show lounge (beer, wine, soft drinks, water)
—- Mingle with select members of the DWTS touring cast
– VIP Meet & Greet laminate
– Exclusive DWTS gift item
– Crowd-free merchandise shopping
– On-site VIP host

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I will be attending several shows and I look forward to sharing the experience and photos with you all!  Please be sure to follow my Instagram, Facebook and twitter @lightscmemories to be the first to see them!

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Contests/Giveaways

FINAL DAY of 8 days of Giveaways!

To thank you for getting me to 8000 followers on Instagram we will be doing 8 days of giveaways!  Thank you for allowing me to share my passion with you!  FINAL Day 8: One (1) VIP Meet & Greet Package to the Dancing with the Stars Tour this winter

To enter:  Go to my IG page @lightscmemories Be sure you FOLLOW the page, then comment below the day 8 giveaway post with the city you want to attend (Please check and be sure it is not already sold out, I cannot do anything if pkgs are sold out)  and tag 2 friends inviting them to like my page and then post either your favorite M&G picture from past tours or post a pic of your favorite dancer on your page and tell me why you want to meet them (tag me @lightscmemories).   Bonus entry will be given to anyone that signs up for my newsletter on this website.  If you sign up please be sure to comment again and tell me you did so I can verify it and add a bonus entry.

WINNER Via Random Draw:  @_dwts.hough!  Congratulations!

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Dancing with the Stars 23-Mirrorball Champions!

Mirrorball Champions are…

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img_6674I have been a fan of this show ever since Season 1 and I have to say this season will be a hard one to top.  The entire cast truly came in with a great attitude and really put in the effort.  It was hard not to fall in love with the personalities and stories of each of our stars this season.  There were so many shining stars.

 

 

Just a few quick notes:

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  • RIP to the wonderful Florence Henderson who sadly passed away on Thanksgiving. She was a contestant on DWTS and a regular smiling face in the audience.
  • Congratulations to Mark Ballas & BC Jean who were married on Friday.
  • This season also brought the engagement in the ballroom of the very kind Emma Slater and Sasha Farber! They are both such sweethearts and it will be a night we always remember from Season 23

 

 

 

  • MirrorballI want to give a huge shout out to the Season 23 Dance Troupe: Brittany Cherry, Alan Bersten, Hayley Erbert, Keo Motsepe, Britt Stewart, and Dennis Jauch.  You all worked so hard all season and truly provided us with fantastic quality and creative dance numbers.  I think it’s time to have a few of the troupe members from the last several seasons get a chance at Pro.  They truly have proved themselves.
  • It was announced on the finale that Laurie would be joining the #dwtstour #wecametodance. I am sure she will be a fantastic high energy addition to the show and I look forward to seeing her perform.
  • I will be attending a handful of tour shows and will be posting pics to my various pages starting with my Instagram page so please feel free to follow me @lightscmemories.

 

img_6681On to the finale:

I absolutely loved the opening number.  Choreographed by the amazing Mandy Moore.  She is an absolute creative genius.

Andy Grammer also performed his new single Fresh Eyes tonight.  Andy is not only a DWTS alum he is a fabulous live performer.  If you get a chance to check him out in concert, do it!  Allison and Keo danced along to his performance and did a beautiful job!

cx7udgyxuaagixl-jpg-largeIt was too fun to watch Maureen McCormick live her huge fan dream of dancing with Babyface, Ryan, Artem, Keo and Dennis tonight.  Maureen was one that I truly felt grew a lot this season.  It’s always fun when a star is also a fan of the show because it allows us at home to live it through their eyes.

The number that Maks did with a group of the ladies was a lot of fun too.  It was so nice to have Maks back this season.  I know he has said he won’t be returning next season because we will enjoying his time being a new Daddy.  I am so happy for him and Peta and wish them so much happiness!

img_6723I loved the friendship that developed between Vanilla Ice and Rick Perry this season.  Vanilla’s performance was a fun blast from the past and even though they might not have been the strongest dancers the partnerships between Witney/Vanilla and Emma/Rick were fun to watch all season and both did work hard.

 

 

For the first time ever it came down to 3 athletes in the finale!

img_6725Sharna Burgess & James Hinchcliffe
#TeamStopandGo

They chose their favorite dance to perform again which was the Foxtrot from Cirque night which was a great pick for them.  Full of energy and truly highlighted the skills, fun and fabulous relationship of this team.  James and Sharna had that something truly special.  Sharna has such a humble, unique, genuine way she builds relationships and performs.  She has had several memorable partnerships but, this one truly had that very special magic.  James had tremendous growth all season, he has such an amazing survival story and a personality that shines.

img_6672The gift that James gave to Sharna of the race suit he wore the first time he raced again after his accident was truly sweet.  Sharna truly put together the most amazing piece to close the chapter on James’s survival journey.  They performed a fusion dance of Foxtrot & Viennese Waltz.  It was absolutely beautiful.  James demonstrated all the grace in his movements and it again highlighted the beautiful friendship that developed between them this season.  It was stunning.

 

img_6728Calvin & Lindsay
#TeamLindsatron

Calvin and Lindsay chose their Argentine Tango from Latin Week as their favorite dance and it was a fabulous choice for them as well.  That dance was filled with passion, absolutely out of this world lifts and it absolutely was a great reminder of the growth that Calvin has had this season.  Calvin really had such a glowing personality and it was fun to watch him develop into a dancer this season.

img_6670Calvin & Lindsay did a Jive & Quickstep fusion.  Calvin and Lindsay almost developed a big brother/little sister relationship this season. Calvin should be so happy with his journey this season.  He grew immensely and I think kept his attitude on the fun this entire season.  He was a joy to watch!  Their fusion dance was a lot of fun, high energy and again showed off all the great dance qualities that Calvin brought to the floor.

 

 

img_6722Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy
#TeamVaLaur

Laurie and Val picked their Trio Dance with Maks for their favorite dance.  This Samba was crazy good and it absolutely highlighted Laurie’s amazing skills and the ability to truly get into character of the dances.  Plus who wouldn’t want to dance with the Chmerkovskiy brothers.  Laurie has been such a bright light this season.  She showed a lot of talent, positive energy, poise, courage and maturity beyond her years.

img_6669Val and Laurie had a Foxtrot & Argentine Tango Fusion dance.  Their package was so adorable.  It was sad hearing them talk about this season ending.  I think Val was a tremendous positive influence on Laurie.  Laurie grew so much before our eyes and is truly a remarkable young lady.  Their fusion dance was incredible.  Laurie had that fire, pure determination and the look of champion in her eyes when they started that fusion dance.  I do disagree with those that felt Laurie had an edge this season because of gymnastics.  Laurie was the first gymnast that didn’t use the tricks in the dances this season.  I can speak from personal experience at a lower level.  I was a cheerleader and when I started taking ballroom & latin dance lessons it is totally different and definitely not easy to learn to dance with a partner.

 

img_6673More on the finale…

The holiday performances of Babyface and Felicia Barton and the beautiful dance numbers performed by Artem & Jenna and Allison and the dance troupe really got you in the holiday spirit!

That all male dance number was totally off the hook.  Hmmm wondering if we might get to see that on the DWTS Tour this year like we did the Magic Mike number from last year’s finale.  I know they are going to switch up the format a bit this year. img_6727

What a treat to get to see Jana & Gleb’s hot Argentine Tango again.  That dance will absolutely go down in the DWTS history as being one of the hottest numbers of all time.  I am really excited that Gleb will be joining the tour this winter.  It will be nice to meet him and see him perform live!

Terra and Marilu’s special highlight number was also a lot of fun to watch.  Many people were asking where Derek was, he was at rehearsals for Hairspray Live!

The Macy’s Stars of Danimg_6721ce number was also choreographed by the amazing Mandy Moore.  This was truly remarkable.  It was creative, it was a technical and visual delight the way she was able to bring the story into motion using the special screen to make the young girl’s dream a reality.  It truly was an absolute Masterpiece!

I loved the tour preview dance we had tonight.  I highly recommend the tours, if you are able to go you will not be disappointed.  It’s always a fantastic entertaining time and the cast this year is fantastic!

Jana’s performance of her hit song Circles as we watched the video of the final 3 couples was just perfect.

The Results:

Lindsay and Calvin came in 3rd place.

MirrorballSharna & James and Val & Laurie were the final two couples and truly they were both so good it could have been a tie this season.  Each partnership just had that special something.  The talent, the creativity of Val & Sharna with their respective partners was just unstoppable this year.  I would have been absolutely thrilled if their partnership had won.

 

Sharna & James came in 2nd place.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 23 Winners are:

Laurie & Val! 

Bravo & congratulations to Laurie & Val.  What a season it was and your partnership was just incredible.  It was great to see Val relaxed and so happy and Laurie grew and improved as a dancer and just proved she was the total package with dynamic ability.  Laurie you absolutely do inspire as does Val!  Keep it up!

 

 

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Contests/Giveaways

Day 4 of 8 days of Giveaways

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Dancing with the Stars Season 23-Finale

Season 23, Week 11, Finale Night 1

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kfkarmobI absolutely cannot believe we are at the finale already for this truly amazing season!  First up welcome back to Len!  Tonight one couple will be eliminated and the final 3 will compete tomorrow doing a special dance fusion for the final judge’s scores.  Train did a great job on performing their new song and Artem, Cheryl, Keo, Alan performed a fantastic dance.  I also loved the special performance of La La Land.

Finally one big shout out to the Troupe this year!  You all work so hard and have to be in so many places at once as well and you all give it 200% all the time.  I am standing here applauding you all!

FYI:  I am doing 8 Days of Giveaways on my Instagram page to thank you all for helping me to hit 8000 followers!  It started today so check it out, tell your friends to join in on the fun and follow @lightscmemories on IG!  Day 8 will be a BIG giveaway plus I will be posting a bunch of pics from the We Came to Dance Tour:-) 

cpoci-b_Calvin & Lindsay (Viennese Waltz)
#TeamLindsatron

I thought their dance was nice, it was clean, beautiful and you can absolutely see the growth and improvement that Calvin had from the 1st week of the season.  I wasn’t too surprised with the scores, I thought the dance was good but, just didn’t have that WOW factor.   That moment when they brought Calvin’s son out was just absolutely precious. xvpstkqd

Freestyle:  I absolutely have to hand it to Lindsay on this fun choreography and concept.  It absolutely highlighted all of Calvin’s strengths with the lifts, his athletic skills and his fun personality.  Very good job, BRAVO.  Well-deserved perfect scores across the board for the Freestyle!

 

 

acmnmbahJana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko (Tango)
#TeamGlamer

The judges picked the Tango because that was the week Jana had the injury.  Poor Gleb also had the flu this week.  Gleb is very artistic in his dances and I really like all the visual effects.  It’s been great to have him back this season.  I thought they did a great job on the Tango, it was beautiful and Jana also has made tremendous improvement and growth this season. ets7kb91

Freestyle:  I loved the unique creativity that they included in this dance.  The dance was full of emotion, beautiful style, intensity, passion and I really loved every moment of it!  Fabulous job to them both.  My gosh with Gleb getting emotional, don’t focus on a bump in the dance, focus on the beauty of the dance you just did.

 

 

 

au0qmed3Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy (Paso Doble)
#TeamVaLaur

I thought it was great they picked the Paso for their redemption because I think that was their breakthrough week as partners.  WOW they absolutely slayed the Paso.  Laurie is truly an impressive girl.  She is unstoppable!  What an absolutely fabulous job!  I don’t know what the judges were thinking they deserved straight 10’s!  zyynalko

Freestyle:  Fabulous job to both Val and Laurie.  Bravo to Val on really fun creativity and what a light, fun, beautiful way to highlight not only all of Laurie’s talent but, the fun partnership and friendship you both have built this season.  I have loved this partnership all season!  Well deserved-PERFECT score!

 

 

13wpvqbmSharna Burgess & James Hinchcliffe (Foxtrot)
#TeamStopandGo

I loved the dance off James and Hélio Castroneves had.  I really love this partnership too.  James has also grown a lot as a dancer, especially his lines and grace.  They did a beautiful job tonight, he is incredibly talented but, the partnership with Sharna really has made him a shining star all season.  It’s unfortunate they had a little stumble because the judges took off a point for it all but, Bruno.y7gkcs_s

Freestyle:  Sharna deserves a tremendous amount of credit for her amazing vision for this freestyle, it was absolutely amazing.  The beauty, the truth in the story, the emotion it was awe-inspiring.  They are in it to win it for sure!  Absolutely stunning, BRAVO!  Well-deserved PERFECT scores!

 

 

 

 

Elimination Time:  I was so sad to see Jana and Gleb eliminated tonight.  I truly felt they absolutely deserved to be in the final 3.  They should be extremely proud of themselves.  They have been a joy to watch and I loved their partnership!

Prediction:  Final 2 will be James/Sharna and Laurie/Val!

Who will win the Mirrorball?  What are your predictions?  I would love to hear from you!

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Dancing with the Stars-Semi-Finals/Trio Wk

Dancing with the Stars-Semi-Finals & Trio Night

Season 23, Week 10

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I seriously cannot believe we are already at the Semi-Finals, this season absolutely flew by and it truly has been one of my favorites.  The talent and personalities have been such a pleasure this season.  Everyone came to work hard and enjoy the experience.  Welcome back Sharna!

img_6544Sharna Burgess & James Hinchcliffe (Argentine Tango)
#TeamStopandGo

It is so absolutely fantastic to see Sharna and James back together again, they have one of those amazing partnerships and I am glad they will be able to finish out the season together.  I still predict they will be in final 2. I loved the blindfold idea.  It’s a little similar to what my dance instructor did recently to get me to stop looking down.  Dancing with your eyes closed/blindfolded is a totally differeimg_6549nce experience you have to trust and just be able to feel everything.  I LOVED their Argentine Tango it was sexy, intense, filled with fun content and that hand stand at the end was just so good.

Trio dance with Jenna Johnson (Jive):  This was a super fun, high energy Jive.  What a creative job Sharna did on the choreography.  I loved it, truly highlighted all of James’s strengths and it was absolutely flawless.  Fantastic PERFECT score!

 

img_6545Terra Jole’ & Sasha Farber (Rumba)
#TeamXL

Terra has truly been so impressive this entire season.  Her attitude, her drive, her fabulous personality have just absolutely shined this season.  Sasha has always been fantastic but, he took it to an even higher level this season with how wonderful he worked with Terra and reminded everyone what a wonderful man he is.  I really liked their Rumba tonight.  It was beautiful dance and how they related to each other.  You can see the amazing effort that this pair puts in each weimg_6550ek.  Loved Carrie Ann’s quote:  “Quality of the movement was like the quality of you, it was untouchable”.  Well-deserved PERFECT score…BRAVO!

Trio dance with Artem (Tango):  The package had me cracking up.  Yes Terra we agree Artem is hot and sweet too!  I absolutely LOVED this dance.  It had sex appeal, it was intense and Terra just nailed it.  Both Artem and Sasha were fabulous with Terra…BRAVO!  Another PERFECT score!

 

img_6546Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko (Quickstep)
#TeamGlamer

Jana has steadily improved this entire season.  I have really enjoyed the partnership of Jana and Gleb.  You can see how the show has almost helped her through a difficult time in her life too.  She just shines now.  First off I loved her dress tonight, stunning.  Their quickstep was a ton of fun, very elegant, full of energy, a lot of great content and spunk.  I truly think they deserve to go to the final 3. img_6551

Trio dance with Alan (Paso Doble):  These 3 have a fun relationship too.  It was incredibly creative, powerful, intense, fabulous content and Jana really nailed the character of the dance.  Bravo to this trio they really did a fantastic job.  You can tell Jana wants to be in the finals she was in it to win it tonight.  BTW we need to see Alan have a chance at Pro next year he would be fantastic!  PERFECT score, BRAVO!

 

img_6547Calvin & Lindsay (Tango)
#TeamLindsatron

Calvin seems like such a fantastic and genuine soul.  Loved the package description.  Their tango was good but, I wouldn’t classify it as one of their better dances.  There was a slip up mid-dance which seemed to get them off time a bit.  Calvin is still always a joy to watch.  I am on the fence on this pair in regards to the finals.  I do thimg_6552ink Calvin improved a lot as the season went on but, I am not as engaged in them as a partnership.

Trio Dance with Witney (Salsa):  This looked a comedy skit in rehearsals.  Their salsa was full of energy and they took advantage of Calvin’s strength to do some really fantastic choreography and lifts.  Perfect score…BRAVO!

 

img_6548Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot)
#TeamVaLaur

I literally cried my eyes out with the package on Laurie’s grandmother and her unfortunate passing the day after the video was recorded. It’s heartbreaking to lose your grandparents and even harder to watch them suffer through Alzheimer’s.  I have been there and it’s not easy. Laurie is only 16 years old but, demonstrates the strength, courage, grace and maturity of someone much older.  I don’t know how she found the inner strength to get through that but, what a treasure for her to always have that video of her Grandma telling her that she loves her and is proud of her.  Given how important family is to Val it made me even happier to know they were partnered up and he treated her with such care and compassion.  Their Foxtrot was on a whole new level this week, all that emotion was so evident in each movement and their partnership grew even stronger.  Absolutely beautiful in every way.  Well-deserved PERFECT score!img_6553

Trio Dance with Maks (Samba):  Laurie was living so many girls’ dreams of getting to dance with the Chmerkovskiy brothers and again on such a difficult week for her I am glad she had two of the sweetest guy’s ever to do this Trio with.  I absolutely LOVED this dance.  It was fun, filled with fabulous energy, content and just crazy good!  I totally agreed with what Carrie Ann said that it was her best dance EVER!  It showed off her talent, her sassy side and highlighted her fabulous shining personality.  PERFECT score once again!

img_6554Elimination Time:  It was so sad to see Terra and Sasha eliminated.  They truly have been amazing all season, Terra showed the world nothing should ever hold you back from trying something you want to do.  Sasha and Terra seem like they will be forever friends.  It was one of those amazing partnerships you see develop on DWTS that you will always remember as truly special and Terra should be very proud of herself for a tremendous job on DWTS!

 

Next week is the 2 Day Finale:

Monday Night: 2 hour show: 

Laurie & Val:

Redemption Style:  Paso Doble-“Wicked Ones” by Dorothy

Freestyle:  “Brand New” by Ben Rector

 

James & Sharna:

Redemption Style:  Tango-“It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.

Freestyle:  “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys

 

Calvin & Lindsay:

Redemption Style:  Viennese Waltz-“I Am Your Man” by Ryan Shaw

Freestyle:  “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5

 

Jana & Gleb:

Redemption Style:  Tango-“Stay the Night” by Zedd

Freestyle:  “Unstoppable” by Sia

At the end of the night one couple will be eliminated and three final couples will compete for the Mirrorball.

 

Tuesday Night:  2 Hour Finale

All 13 of this season’s couples will reunite at the Grove.  It will be filled with great performances from Vanilla Ice who will perform “Ice Ice Baby” featuring Rick Perry and Witney Carson; a special guest performance by Andy Grammer of his new global hit single “Fresh Eyes”, Babyface will perform “Winter Wonderland” featuring pro dancers Artem, Cheryl and Allison.  There will also be an all-male number to Bruno Mars “24K featuring all the males from this season.  It will also feature a special performance choreographed by Mandy Moore that promises to be truly magical.  There will also be a special performance from the upcoming DWTS “We Came to Dance” tour hitting the road soon!

Couples from across the season will celebrate their time on the show by repeating one of their favorite dances.  The final element will be the final 3 competing for judge’s points a dance they put together in 24 hours called the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge”.

Who will win the Mirrorball?  What are your predictions?  I would love to hear from you!

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